How to use Biblical's catalog

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How to use the library catalog at Biblical Seminary.

How to use the library catalog at Biblical Seminary.

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  • 1. Using the online catalog …I can’t come up with anything witty, so here’s a picture of a card catalog, which we don’t use anymore: Biblical Theological Seminary Library | 2014-2015
  • 2. Getting started o Go to library.biblical.edu. o You have four ways to start the search: – The search box in the top bar – Basic search – Advanced search – Course reserve materials
  • 3. The search box o The search box runs a simple keyword search (like Google), so it pulls up results from everywhere: titles, chapter headings, names, etc. o To narrow the results, use the Search tab.
  • 4. Basic search o Pick which field you’d like to search: title, journal title, author, subject, etc. o Enter the appropriate search terms—making sure everything’s spelled correctly. – Author names need to be entered [last name, first name]. o You can also choose how many records to have listed at once.
  • 5. Basic search o On the results page, click the link of the record you’re interested in (depending on type of search, link may be title or author name). – If there’s a red “x” instead of a green checkmark, someone else has already borrowed the item.
  • 6. Item record o The item record includes more information and contains links to do things with the record (print, etc.).
  • 7. Advanced search Advanced search allows you to narrow the results to certain years, languages, countries of publication, item format, and to search by much more specific combinations of words and phrases (you can even specify words not to be included in the search results).
  • 8. Subject search o Entering a word such as “evolution” or “divorce” produces an alphabetical list of all subject headings containing that word. o Click on a subject heading for a list of all items that have been labeled with that heading. – You can also do this from within an item record.
  • 9. Author search o Author search works pretty much the same way as the subject search—entering all or part of a last name gets you an alphabetical list of authors. o Click on an author’s name to see a list of items created by them. – Again, you can also do this from within an item record.
  • 10. Course reserve search o Using the course reserve search, you can see what items are currently being held on reserve, by instructor, department, or course. Selecting the semester under “section” allows you to see all materials on reserve.
  • 11. Logging into the catalog o In order to create a list, check due dates, or renew your books, you’ll need to log in. To do so, click the “my account” tab. o It’s easiest to log in using your 5 digit institution ID, but guest patrons will need to use the longer barcode number.
  • 12. Logging into the catalog o Once logged in, you can renew your books by checking the boxes next to the titles and then clicking the “request renewal” button. – If the system won’t let you renew your book, it’s either been renewed already or has been put on hold by someone else. Check under the “status” column to see what’s going on. o To edit the way the catalog displays when you’re logged in, click “edit preferences”.
  • 13. Saving lists and searches o To save an entire search, click the “save search” button. o To add an item to a list, check the box next to the title and click the “add to list” button. o To retrieve a saved search or list, click the “my searches” or “my list” tab.
  • 14. Printing and downloading lists o To print a list, click the “print” button. o You’ll need to choose how much information to print out—complete records, or just the information necessary to track the books down.
  • 15. Questions? Please let us know if you’re still scratching your head about something! o Call: 215-368-5000 x123 o Email: library@biblical.edu